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Wauwatosa West Students Take the PSAT

Wauwatosa West Students Take the PSAT

November 4, 2019

Although 115 Wauwatosa West Sophomores and Juniors took the Preliminary SAT or PSAT the morning of Wednesday, October 16th, some students were not able to register and take the t...

Cold Days

February 13, 2014

This winter has been one to remember - not only has there been a lot of snow and extreme cold - but the Wauwatosa School District closed for three days due to dangerously cold weather conditions. “It has been unusual to be called off this many times for cold and not snow”. said Wauwatosa School District Superintendent Dr. Phil Ertl. So far the additional days have been accommodated by adjustments to the s...

EYouth Visits Tosa West

October 1, 2013

Members of the Egyptian organization EYouth visited Wauwatosa West on the morning of September 30th to talk about civic education in Egypt and America. The visit was organized in part by the US State Department. Five members of EYouth visited: Rana Roshdy Eldeeb, Alaa Elsaqa, Mohamed Mahmoud Mahrous, Radwa Mohamad Aly, and Mohammad Omar. The five members of EYouth, which stands for “Engaging and Emp...

Wednesday April 24 Bomb Threat

April 29, 2013

Due to a bomb threat discovered inside a Wauwatosa West bathroom Tuesday, administrators made attendance on Wednesday, April 24th optional. Despite the threat, no bomb was discovered to indicate an actual plot. Before school on the 24th, additional police officers, including school resource officer Farris Griffin, checked some students' bags as they entered the school. Many students also noted that...

Citizens Question Milwaukee Police at Protests

November 29, 2012

With signs reading “Chief Flynn has got 2 go,” citizens of Milwaukee Protest against the Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department on the afternoon of November 18. Led by Khalil Coleman, these rallies are organized to get Flynn to step down from his position as Chief. On Sunday November 11th, four of Khalil Coleman’s protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct in the streets of downtown Milwaukee....

New Start Times

May 8, 2012

Concluding an episode that had left teachers and students worried over school start time changes, the Wauwatosa School Board voted Monday to standardize all school start times. On Monday, May 7, the board adopted a new schedule for Elementary, Middle, and High School start times for the 2012-13 school year. High Schools start at 8:10 a.m., and Middle and Elementary Schools start 10 and 20 minutes...

Leah Rogers-First at State

May 1, 2012

Saturday morning at Ripon College was not what one would expect from a state Forensics meet. Amidst the anxious rehearsal of speeches and performances, a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere penetrated the halls of the small college. This would prove to be short lived, however. As the events got under way, many participants became tense. However, junior Leah Rogers was oblivious from such tension. “The...

7:40 or 8:00?

April 26, 2012

Under a new proposal to be voted on by the school board on May 7, school start and end times around the district could change. During the 2011-2012 school year, the schedule has been 8:00 to 3:07. Originally, district Superintendent Phil Ertl proposed for high schools run from 7:40 to 2:50 next year, but as a result of the feedback he received from parents and students in the district, he has...

The First Annual Wauwatosa All City Band Festival

April 21, 2012

On Wednesday, April 18th, the Wauwatosa West band joined several other schools in the First Annual Wauwatosa All City Band Festival, performed inside the State Fair’s Exposition Center Wauwatosa West performed alongside bands from Wauwatosa East, Longfellow, Whitman, Eisenhower, and from the elementary schools: Roosevelt, Madison, McKinley, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, Underwood, and Washington. ...

Multicultural Fair

April 3, 2012

At 6:00 on Thursday, March 29th, Wauwatosa West High School's second annual Multicultural Fair began. Throughout the night, visitors learned about the cultural heritage of West students. Some students like senior Zaina Lalk, manned booths with information about their cultural background. Lalk, who taught visitors about her Polish background, said "I wanted to share my heritage with other people." ...

Band Program Receives Grant

March 29, 2012

On March 28th, the Wauwatosa West band program was given a $2,000 grant at the new Best Buy Mobile store in Mayfair Mall. Director Guy Kammerer, along with drum majors Brian Condon and Amelia Forsmo, attended the presentation. The grant was provided by the GRAMMY Foundation and Best Buy. Every time a Best Buy Mobile store opens, the GRAMMY Foundation finds one local school music program to receive...

Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 2, 2012

On Tuesday the 21st of February, and now on Thursday, March 1st at west, the staff held parent-teacher conferences. The conferences are a chance for parents to catch up with what goes on in their child’s classroom, beyond what can be seen from a report card, or a page on Powerschool. Freshman Rachael Reis thinks that conferences are useful because "parents can see how their kids are doing in scho...

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